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Slavoj Zizek - Why the free market fundamentalists think 2013 will be the best year ever

The Christmas issue of the Spectator ran an editorial entitled "Why 2012 was the best year ever". It argued against the perception that we live in "a dangerous, cruel world where things are bad and getting worse". Here is the opening paragraph: "It may not feel like it, but 2012 has been the greatest year in the history of the world. That sounds like an extravagant claim, but it is borne out by evidence. Never has there been less hunger, less disease or more prosperity. The west remains in the economic doldrums, but most developing countries are charging ahead, and people are being lifted out of poverty at the fastest rate ever recorded. The death toll inflicted by war and natural disasters is also mercifully low. We are living in a golden age."

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The Value of Labor Theory: "Our friend, Moneybags, should be so lucky ..."

The Value of Labor Theory: "Our friend, Moneybags, should be so lucky ..." | real utopias | Scoop.it

In part I of this series, I explained how the events of 1971 — the collapse of Bretton Woods — had its roots in a process Marx first fully described in Capital: the ever increasing separation of the useful qualities of the commodity from its value, i.e., the socially necessary labor time, required for its production. In this separation, for the first time the labor time required to produce the commodity takes a form that is independent of the useful qualities of the commodity.

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A Conversation with Noam Chomsky

A Conversation with Noam Chomsky | real utopias | Scoop.it

Jan Nederveen Pieterse in conversation with Noam Chomsky, linguist, philosopher and political commentator. Chomsky is Emeritus professor of linguistics at MIT. Jan Nederveen Pieterse is professor of Global Studies and Sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara. Series: “Carsey-Wolf Center” [5/2014] [Humanities] [Show ID: 28120]

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Greek workers face arrest for being on strike - EUobserver

Greek workers face arrest for being on strike - EUobserver | real utopias | Scoop.it


For us, access to energy is a human rights issue and so its supply should remain under public control and ownership.

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Predatory Capitalism: Old Trends and New Realities - Truth-Out

Predatory Capitalism: Old Trends and New Realities - Truth-Out | real utopias | Scoop.it


Capitalism is not an economic system designed to cater to the needs of the common folk, and, left to its own devices - especially the financial component - it can wreak havoc on societies.

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The Sharing Economy Lacks A Shared Definition

The Sharing Economy Lacks A Shared Definition | real utopias | Scoop.it

"Sharing economy," "peer economy," "collaborative economy," and "collaborative consumption." What does it all mean? Collaboration thinking pioneer Rachel Botsman breaks it down.


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The Value of Labor Theory (and the uselessness of labor theorists)

The Value of Labor Theory (and the uselessness of labor theorists) | real utopias | Scoop.it

In 1971, the United States, under pressure from international economic forces, was forced to abandon the gold standard. Yet forty years later, labor theorists have failed to come to grips with that event and refuse to acknowledge what it signified: the final collapse of production on the basis of exchange value, as was predicted by Karl Marx in 1858. This incapacity to recognize Marx’s prediction in the actual events of 1971, probably more than any other single event in 20th century history, demonstrates the utter and complete failure of the post-war Marxist school.

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Detroiters Put Bodies on the Line to Stop Privatization of Their Water

Detroiters Put Bodies on the Line to Stop Privatization of Their Water | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Reverend Bill Wylie-Kellerman sat down with nine others blocking the entrance of the facility where Homrich Wrecking’s water shutoff trucks were set to leave for the day. (Nooo, we can't let that happen.
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There Will Be No Real Recovery Without The Middle Class - Forbes

There Will Be No Real Recovery Without The Middle Class - Forbes | real utopias | Scoop.it


Despite blather about our “democratic capitalism,” stock ownership is increasingly concentrated with the wealthy as the middle class retrenches.

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Leicester Research Archive: Participatory Democracy in the European Union : a Civil Perspective

Because representative democracy may be reaching its limits, the EU has turned to participatory democracy. The participatory turn is torn between a moderate and a radical version. The moderate version revitalises the Community Method (CM) by formalising the dialogue of European institutions with organised civil society, while the radical version celebrates its demise as a chance for national governments to coordinate their policies in partnership with civil society through the Open Method of Coordination (OMC). In order to assess the participatory turn, this thesis takes the view that civil society is a pluralist sphere of participation between state and market wherein deliberative democracy realises its full potential. Democratisation proceeds whenever civil society manages to assert influence over state and market without falling prey to their colonising tendencies. This emancipatory process has so far taken place within the context of national welfare states. The fundamental question raised by the turn to civil society is whether multilevel social Europe will be able to continue this trend. Therefrom arise three research questions which this thesis explores in detail. Firstly, does European economic law colonise civil society? Secondly, is social Europe democratic in the sense that it opens European governance to the democratic influence of civil society? And finally, is social Europe effective, that is, able to protect civil society from European economic integration? The first question is essential, for a civil society colonised by markets would be in no position to legitimise social Europe at a time where it more than ever needs its protection. The last two questions require that radical OMC be compared with moderate CM, so as to critically assess whether the former performs better than the latter.
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Cuban Ex-Guerilla Is Consultant for Venezuelan Economic Reform - Truth-Out

Cuban Ex-Guerilla Is Consultant for Venezuelan Economic Reform - Truth-Out | real utopias | Scoop.it

San Francisco - Cuban economist and ex-guerilla combatant Orland Borrego, who fought alongside Che Guevara during the Cuban revolution, will be advising Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro on how to establish a "total re-structuring" of the Venezuelan economy.

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Responses to Noam Chomsky on Israel-Palestine and BDS - The Nation.

Responses to Noam Chomsky on Israel-Palestine and BDS - The Nation. | real utopias | Scoop.it


Noam Chomsky rightly recognizes the injustices done to Palestinians, as well as the US role in perpetuating those injustices.

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Noam Chomsky: America Is the World Leader at Committing 'Supreme International Crimes'

Noam Chomsky: America Is the World Leader at Committing 'Supreme International Crimes' | real utopias | Scoop.it
The U.S.'s sledgehammer worldview is destroying countless lives and future generations.
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The Effects of Participatory Democracy on Political Competition: The Case of Brazilian Participatory Budgeting by Paolo Spada :: SSRN

The Effects of Participatory Democracy on Political Competition: The Case of Brazilian Participatory Budgeting by Paolo Spada :: SSRN | real utopias | Scoop.it
What are the effects of Brazilian participatory budgeting? Most studies answer this question using selected case studies. This paper proposes an empirical analysis of the political and fiscal effects of participatory budgeting. Focusing on all the cities that have a population greater than 50000 inhabitants between the years 1989 and 2008 it extends significantly the scope and understanding of previous empirical work. To the contrary of previous anecdotal evidence the results show that participatory budgeting does not alter the composition of public spending and public revenues. However participatory budgeting significantly increases (~9%) the probability of reelection of the party of the mayor. This effect is heightened when focusing on the sample of cities with more than 100000 inhabitants. Most interestingly for smaller cities the positive effect of adopting for the first time PB on the reelection of the mayor is mediated by the victory of the Workers’ Party. When the Workers’ Party doesn’t control the city the effect disappears. For the larger cities we observe the opposite result.

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Noam Chomsky: Gaza’s Torment, Israel’s Crimes, Our Responsibilities

July 12, 2014 "ICH" -   At 3am Gaza time, July 9, in the midst of Israel’s latest exercise in savagery, I received a phone call from a young Palestinian journalist in Gaza. In the background, I could hear his infant child wailing, amidst the sounds of explosions and jet planes, targeting any civilian who moves, and homes as well.  He just saw a friend of his in a car clearly marked “press” blown away.  And he heard shrieks next door after an explosion but can’t go outside or he’ll be a likely target.  This is a quiet neighborhood, no military targets – except Palestinians who are fair game for Israel’s high tech US-supplied military machine.  He said that 70% of the ambulances have been destroyed, and that by then over 70 had been killed, and of the 300 or so wounded, about 2/3 women and children.  Few Hamas activists have been hit – or rocket launching sites. Just the usual victims.


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The Greanville Post —Vol. VIII- 2014 | Noam Chomsky: America Is the World Leader at Committing ‘Supreme International Crimes’

The Greanville Post —Vol. VIII- 2014 | Noam Chomsky: America Is the World Leader at Committing ‘Supreme International Crimes’ | real utopias | Scoop.it

It is therefore a mistake to remind readers daily of the Nuremberg judgment. Aggression is no longer the “supreme international crime.” It cannot compare with destruction of the lives of future generations to ensure bigger bonuses tomorrow.

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From El Barrio to La Realidad, Women Lead Struggles to Transform the World - Truth-Out

From El Barrio to La Realidad, Women Lead Struggles to Transform the World - Truth-Out | real utopias | Scoop.it

On May 24, hundreds of members of the Movement for Justice in El Barrio from New York, mostly women of all ages, came together to honor the life and struggle of the murdered Zapatista from La Realidad, "Galeano". For this event, the prominent Mexican feminist, activist and thinker Sylvia Marcos sent her reflections on Being "Jovena" (a young woman) and Zapatista in La Realidad.

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The FLOK Society Vision of a Post-Capitalist Economy | David Bollier

The FLOK Society Vision of a Post-Capitalist Economy | David Bollier | real utopias | Scoop.it

Michel Bauwens, Founder of the P2P Foundation, has recorded four short videos describing the FLOK Society’s pioneering research project in Ecuador.  FLOK stands for “Free, Libre, Open Knowledge,” and the FLOK Society is a government-sponsored project to imagine how Ecuador might make a strategic transition to a workable post-capitalist knowledge economy. As Research Director of the project, Michel and his team are exploring the practical challenges of making commons-based peer production a widespread, feasible reality as a matter of national policy and law. 

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Slavoj Zizek Accused of Plagiarizing White Supremacist Magazine

Slavoj Zizek Accused of Plagiarizing White Supremacist Magazine | real utopias | Scoop.it
Slavoj Zizek, Slovenian critical theorists extraordinaire, has drawn the ire of academics after a blogger alleged that he had plagiarized from a white supremacist magazine.
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Amerikistan, not Afghanistan; Warocracy, not democracy - Fellowship of Reconciliation (blog)

Amerikistan, not Afghanistan; Warocracy, not democracy - Fellowship of Reconciliation (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

Afghanistan Analysts Network reported on July 9 that “he [Abdullah Abdullah] told the crowd that he had received phone calls from both U.S. President Barack Obama and State Secretary John Kerry and had been told that Kerry would make a stop-over in Kabul on Friday. It was clear he wanted to see what could come of that.”

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Noam Chomsky calls on Iran to release imprisoned journalist Marzieh Rasouli - The Guardian

Noam Chomsky calls on Iran to release imprisoned journalist Marzieh Rasouli - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it

The US philosopher Noam Chomsky has called on Iran to release the female journalist Marzieh Rasouli who was jailed last week to endure a sentence of 50 lashes and two years in prison.

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Andrew Kliman interview 1 of 4 - YouTube

Andrew Kliman, author of "Reclaiming Marx's Capital", speaks about the Marxist theory of capitalist crisis. This interview was filmed on April 19th, 2009. Kliman speaks about Marx's theory of crisis- the Falling Rate of Profit- and critiques some of the other theories of crisis that are floating around out there. He also comments on the state of academic Marxism, the public reception of his research on the transformation problem, and envisioning alternatives to capitalism.

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Edip Yuksel (E) Noam Chomsky on Sunni and Shiite Conflict

For the second interview with Noam I chose to dicsuss the Sunni and Shiite conflict. I met Noam at his MIT office on 1st October 2013.
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The return of George Orwell and Big Brother's war on Palestine, Ukraine and ... - OpEdNews

The return of George Orwell and Big Brother's war on Palestine, Ukraine and ... - OpEdNews | real utopias | Scoop.it
The other night, I saw George Orwell's "1984" performed on the London stage. Although crying out for a contemporary interpretation, Orwell's warning about the future was presented as a period piece: remote, unthreatening, almost reassuring. It was as if Edward Snowden had revealed nothing, Big Brother was not now a digital eavesdropper and Orwell himself had never said, "To be corrupted by totalitarianism, one does not have to live in a totalitarian country."
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Slavoj Žižek on Kevin MacDonald’s “Culture of Critique”

Slavoj Žižek on Kevin MacDonald’s “Culture of Critique” | real utopias | Scoop.it
Slavoj Žižek is perhaps the highest-grossing Marxist continental philosopher. But there’s always been the suspicion that the purported Communist is a bit of a prankster and put-on artist.
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Real Socialism and “Coloniality” in Cuba - Havana Times

Real Socialism and “Coloniality” in Cuba - Havana Times | real utopias | Scoop.it


Cuban society will not achieve true social emancipation and decolonization without breaking with these power relations, which persist within capitalism and socialism alike.

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